Yesterday, I received the sad email that YC is sorry to not invite me. I had to face the reality and think:
Specifically, what changed? Turns out, YC wouldn't have changed a thing in my project's trajectory. I don't need money at the moment, I don't need teem members. What I need is... users.
The thought process has led to simple observations (or rather - led back to them):
- my product has to have 10x solution for some problem of some users
- I have to find a way to tell those users about my product, right when they feel the pain
Sounds simple, hard to do. However, the reality of not being good enough for YC forced me to not waste time and work on the hard stuff. Not on the fancy little features I put on the shortterm roadmap.
I selected a couple problems that my product solves 2x better (not 10x, but still). I'm lurking through FB/reddit/LN for the right people, though without luck yet. And I've found a potential 10x solution to an adjacent problem that I could solve, and a lot of users talking about that problem. That's where my development efforts are headed now.
YC didn't invite me, and that forced me to a better path. The reality is harsh, but at least now I'm dealing with it.
Anyone on the same boat?